Massee Lane Gardens hosts Festival of Camellias

awoolen@macon.comMarch 14, 2014 

The annual Festival of Camellias is being held at Massee Lane Gardens in Fort Valley.

ANGELA WOOLEN/THE TELEGRAPH — awoolen@macon.com

FORT VALLEY -- When it comes to flowers, Camille Bielby speaks to them as if they have voices of their own.

As the multimedia specialist for the American Camellia Society at Massee Lane Gardens, she has plenty of opportunity for conversations.

Bielby came to the society a year ago and is in the midst of the annual Festival of Camellias, which runs through March.

Massee Lane Gardens has been the home of the American Camellia Society since 1968. The gardens contain more than 4,000 varieties of camellias on its 120 acres.

“Whatever your taste, there is a camellia for you,” Bielby said.

The gardens also have a Japanese water garden, a bog pond, a children’s garden and a walking trail.

Because of the different varieties of flowers, the gardens are in bloom from August until April, Bielby said. The peak season is February and March.

“There’s something blooming all the time,” she said.

The final special event for the Festival of Camellias is a fashion show Saturday. At 11 a.m., guests may shop and browse fashions and accessories from Abreannes before the fashion show at noon. Models will showcase dressy, office and casual attire. A luncheon, catered by Michelle Allen Catering, will follow at 1 p.m. Tickets are $25, and advance reservations are required.

Festival of Camellias

When: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-4:30 p.m. Sunday through March

Where: Massee Lane Gardens, 100 Massee Lane, Fort Valley

Cost: $5 adults, $4 seniors, free for children under 12 and American Camellia Society members

Information: www.americancamellias.org, 877-422-6355

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